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August 04, 2014

Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406

Alabama farmers should soon receive written notification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) providing updates on current base acres, yields and a 2009-2012 planting history.

Farmers should cross-check the USDA letter with their farm records. If correct, no further action is needed. If the letter is incomplete or incorrect, contact the local FSA office as soon as possible.

Verifying the accuracy of data on a farm’s acreage history is a required early step for enrolling in the upcoming Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Later this summer, farmers will be able to update crop yield information and reallocate base acres.

By mid-winter, all producers on a farm will be required to make a one-time, unanimous and irrevocable election between price protection and county revenue protection or individual revenue protection for the 2014-2018 crop years. Producers can expect to sign contracts for ARC or PLC for the 2014 and 2015 crop years in the spring of 2015.

Covered commodities include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (includes short grain rice and temperate japonica rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

For the latest farm bill information for Alabama farmers, visit

Visit or the local FSA office for information about FSA and the 2014 farm bill programs.

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